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"Arabs Without God"

Project to translate the book, "Arabs Without God", into Arabic

"Arabs Without God"

Project to translate the book, "Arabs Without God", into Arabic

£2,436
pledged of £4,600pledged of £4,600 goal
66
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 18 2014 7:45 AM UTC +00:00

About

"Arabs Without God" is the first book to look at atheism in the contemporary Middle East. It examines why a growing number of Arabs are abandoning religion, and the persecution they can face as a result. The book discusses Arab atheism in the broader context of restrictions on religious freedom, such as laws against apostasy and blasphemy, which can result in the punishment of believers and non-believers alike.

The importance of establishing freedom of belief as a basic principle in the Middle East cannot be underestimated, especially in the light of organisations like ISIS and the spread of sectarian politics more generally. In connection with that, Arabs Without God is a useful tool for activists in the region: it contains a lot of ideas and information that campaigners for religious freedom can make use of.

The purpose of this project is to fund a translation of "Arabs Without God" into Arabic, and to make the Arabic version available on the internet for downloading and circulating free of charge.

Publishing the translation in this way means that almost any Arabic speaker who wishes to read the book will be able to access it. Commercial distribution of books in the Arab countries is often difficult, particularly with a book of this kind dealing with a sensitive topic which is still taboo in much of the region. Publishing on the internet will thus largely overcome the problem of censorship and other restrictions.

More information about the English edition of the book can be found here: 

http://www.al-bab.com/arabswithoutgod/

There is also an extract from the book here: 

http://www.al-bab.com/blog/2014/september/arabs-without-god-extract.htm

Risks and challenges

The aim is to publish the translation on the internet within three months of funds becoming available. This should allow plenty of time to resolve any problems that arise because the actual translation process is expected to take no more than 20 working days.

The translator will be paid in full on delivery of the complete translation or pro rata on delivery of completed chapters.

The translation will be proof-read by an Arabic speaker. Internet publishing also means that if any errors do slip through they can be easily corrected.

Any surplus funds will be used to promote the book.

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